Haitian Woman Making Goat Stew in Ranquitte, 1986 (poem)
Goat Stew in Ranquitte
I stood still in the forenoon, my face is turned away from the sun.
A woman is cooking goat stew in my long shadow.
The Minister’s house is silent, I’m standing under the edge of the extended roof.
My friends and I are building a medical clinic nearby;
I’m a bit overheated, resting (it is the summer of 1986).
I feel like a strange sea creature, drawn back into it (it is July, 2012).
But the spirit inside of me is moving, it says: after twenty-six
years, it says: ‘It’s time to go back!”
I close my eyes, and think of Haiti, I see a little girl by a woman cooking
the goat stew…
There are good things in this world, and Haiti is one, and Goat Stew is
Recalled from notes and photographs from 1986, trip to Haiti by the author and 18-other Missionaries
Three Haiku Poems:In English Only
1) Haiku of the Bear
2) Double Haiku: The Bishop
3) Double Haiku: When People Understand (Peru)
Three Haiku Poems
Haiku of the Bear
The bear and the man
They both steal for pleasure, thus:
Are they not brothers (?)
To see what man is
born to, a Bishop should: eat,
sleep-and, above all:
work-, as his enslaved
brethren does! Then he’d learn
and then, he can preach.
Note: The author for a good portion of his early life worked in foundries, factories, fast-food, and construction; during the second part of his life he worked as a soldier for a decade, along with being in a war (Vietnam); and then as a professional counselor (Psychology); now as a poet and writer, which he started at the age of 12, and somehow maintained on the side intermittently writing whenever he could, all his life until the forth part of his life allowed him to write full time. Thus, he walks the walk, not simply talking the talk. Even God, in the form of Jesus Christ did this: walk the walk.
When People Understand
When people value
one another, they speak frank
as if they’ve known
each other, all their
lives… ; thus, with my two prized friends
I leave it lay there.
For: Dr. Jesus Pomachagua (Rector of the UNCP)
& Lic. Dimas Aliaga Castro (Mayor de Huancayo)